February 2003 Archives


var scope1 = "scope1";

function showScope()
alert("The value of scope1 is" + "\n" + scope1);
var scope1 = "SCOPE1";
alert("The value of scope1 is" + "\n" + scope1);

This will alert:

The value of scope1 is undefined
The value of scope1 is SCOPE1

(Yes, I knew that this was correct, but I didn't remember _exactly_ why. Thanks to rginda for the explanation - it also appears in the David Flanagan JavaScript book - but not in my much-thicker WROX JavaScript book.)

Ulrich Schnauss has a great down-tempo set entitled 'Far Away Trains Passing By' that's currently playing on Proton Radio. It's relaxing and (surprisingly) conducive to reading.

I'm having difficulties with comprehension whilst reading The Lighthouse at the End of the World. The problem doesn't lie in what the text says, rather what it omits, like, say, what is real and what is a figment of Poe's imagination. I know that's a good portion of the draw to this book, but I haven't the patience to try and ascertain dreams from reality. I've got roughly 80 pages to finish, and while it's an easy read, it stopped being compelling once I figured out it's not a traditional mystery story (not even a mystery in the same manner as Paul Auster's excellent The New York Trilogy, which isn't truly a mystery). I think once I've finished this book, I'll begin Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco, since I hear that his work is rather difficult to understand, and I'm up to the challenge (though it's a slightly long book at 553 pages, it certainly doesn't compare to the mammoth Neal Stephenson 'Cryptonomicon' book I finished last summer).

In reading The Lighthouse at the End of the World, it would help if I knew of the characters from his fiction and the real-world events and characters I've encountered in the book. Though there are footnotes with explanations, they are few and far-between, and are intended to be incidental.

Okay. So here's what I hope to accomplish this weekend:

Update (6) testcases for work.
Watch nearly 20 hours of TV.
Play football on Sunday in the park.
Watch The Rules of Attraction, The Four Feathers, Kiss Me Deadly, Stolen Summer (of Project Greenlight fame), and 8 Women.

Right. This just won't be possible. There are other essential things that need to be inserted into the itinerary, like sleep, food and general errands.

Not to mention that I'd absolutely love to finish The Lighthouse at the End of the World. I really think it'll be mostly _all work_ this weekend, since I'm so far behind.

Saw One Hour Photo last night - Robin Williams plays his role convincingly, but the script wasn't what I was expecting. It was billed as a thriller, but ended up being more of a drama, which is fine, I guess. The movie does, however, have a great atmosphere to it, and you're very interested in the nuances of the story up until a certain point.

Tonight's movie is Stealing Harvard, which I'm really not expecting to be even mediocre. Jason Lee is cool, but I'm tired of Tom Green (used to be a fan).

He did it again - Pat Fosheen threw down an absolutely wicked dark progressive house set on Proton Radio. I would have to say he's one of my favorite DJs now (my interest in musical styles keeps shifting).

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Today was 'one of those days'. You know, when every webserver you reach times out, every document is difficult to understand, every point of contact congested.

Here's what my network has looked like for the past 30 minutes or so (and yes, 30 minutes of pure network downtime is a huge hamper on productivity).

Tracing route to atdn.net []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

14 88 ms * * ow1-mc1-so-0-0-0.atdn.net []
15 92 ms * 88 ms
16 * * 92 ms atdn.net []

Trace complete.

ATDN.net is the AOL Transit Data Network, and carries all of AOL's backbone traffic from our many peering partners. Some big BGP-4 router is probably dumping core right now, or rebuilding its giant 300,000+ node tables. Assuming that AOL's backbone has multiple BGP peers, they really could benefit from some RouteScience boxes.

Last night I enjoyed a great dinner at BJ's Brewhouse in Cupertino, and after that we saw Daredevil. The movie didn't really disappoint me, because, unlike Spiderman, I hadn't ever read a Daredevil comic, thus no comparisions could be made. The movie seemed a bit short - 1 1/2 hours wasn't enough for this movie to flow correctly - the plot seemed to hop from its key storyline points and not develop a truer sense of the character. But again, comparing it to the recent Spiderman probably isn't fair, since that was a great movie.

My Tivo picked up Laura for me from AMC, and I'm glad I watched it - quite a good movie, especially since it's from 1944.

This anime/CGI movie looks really good - Robotica.

I find the new Novell advertising campaign to be rather humorous, if only in a subtle matter. Some highlights:

RAM - Attempt by certain large vendors to shove their proprietary technology solutions down your enterprise.
Cursor - CIO who discovers that his expensive integration system needs yet another integration system.

But my favorite is:

ERP - sound made by the CIO when people see data they shouldn't.

James Zabiela is yet another simply amazing DJ, traversing numerous styles, and blending them effortlessly into one of the best mixes I've heard in a while.

And, just as great, is Armin Van Buuren's Essential Mix on the BBC.

I've forgotten just how hilarious Super Dave Osbourne was, since I haven't seen his show since my college days.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World is getting very interesting, and I'm able to read multiple passages each night. Poe has located a mysterious shard which transports him to a mysterious fictional island that he's written about in the past, and dopplegangers abound. I can't wait to finish the book, but the journey itself is exciting.

What a start to a weekend. After arriving home from work on time for once, I began to watch The Stranger, an excellent noir tale about an ex-Nazi organizer living in Connecticut and being trailed by someone from the war commission. I've got to unwind this weekend - extremely busy with work, so much so that it's hard to even think outside the context of it.

This is the 2nd time in 3 months that AT&T Broadband has come around soliciting me to upgrade my basic cable to digital - they are very persistent. I imagine it will only get worse when Comcast starts upgrading all of their cable systems.

Sad day for all of us retro-gamers out there (I think I still have my Atari 2600 back home in Indiana). Atari calls it quits.

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Okay, so yes, Dick Wolf is doing the Dragnet series right on ABC. As a child, I listened to the original _radio_ series on casettes, so it's nice to have it back again. Also, in the rumor-mill department, I hear they're remaking CHiPs - that'll be a trip.

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DJ Dres has an amazing set 'Perceptions with DJ Dres' (11-11-02) that Proton Radio plays occasionally.

Jay Ell is also a really good DJ. One of these days, I'll buy a couple of turntables and start spinning. If you ever see DJ Hammer, that'll be me (no, not MC Hammer).

Been making slow but steady progress with The Lighthouse at the End of the World. One of the problems with historical fiction is that the reader (or at least myself) is constantly cross-referencing the figures and events in such a work with the actual accounts. I've just now made it to page 138 out of 330. I suspect though, that as the plot picks up, so will my pace. It's an interesting book - Edgar's brother's apartment is found randsacked and a key jewel is gone - the jewel is reputed to hold some mystical power, though not defined. The book's perspective alternates between Edgar's historical figure and the form that Edgar takes on (changing his name to those of his characters throughout). The mystery so far is who killed his brother, and for what motive? While not exactly an Agatha Christie novel, the book's intertwining of the fictional liberties it takes, coupled with historical fact, make for a spell-binding read.

One of these weekends, when I don't have copious amounts of work to be accomplished, I'll actually finish it and attempt to read Foucault's Pendulum.

Six Feet Under is a great show. Although pretty dark, it always addresses some issue of society, and well, I might add.

These are cool sunglasses.

Here are my current pair:

Hey, Pav can blog about Rolex watches, why not I about sunglasses?

Dave Preston dropped a seriously dark progressive house set tonight on Proton Radio - Rhythmaculture 1-13-03. He even mixed in Pink Floyd's Hey You track, which I'd never thought I'd hear in a trance set, but it worked surprisingly well.

Enjoyed a very nice lunch at Ming's in Palo Alto today - had a great chicken chow-mein, while everyone else around me had dim-sum. It was a cool experience, having the waiters turn into pseudo-salesman as they peddles their wares (in this case, various small dishes).

Been pretty productive at work, which is always a good thing. I've learned more linux-fu in the past week and a half than I have in the past 2 years. (cat, grep, piping, etc.) Simple concepts, but with multiple files and sort | uniq and various - arguments, things can stack up. But I can personally attest that you can do some amazing things with the command line.

For example (and this won't be news to anybody familar with or proficient in *nix), I did things like: 'cat file1 file2 | grep "searchstring" | sort | uniq'. I hope I got that right, I'm not at my Linux box nor is one reachable via telnet to confirm. Anyway, it's not the ability to search that's amazing, it's the ability to pipe those results off to another binary and have it do something useful all in one fell swoop.

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I've been super-swamped with work (meetings, testcases to write), so blogging takes a very low priority right now (probably for a week or two).

Did manage to watch Bat 21 tonight. It's surprisingly good, especially for a late-80s movie. To be sure, it's no Black Hawk Down (which I plan on seeing again very shortly).

The new iteration of Alias does not impress me at all. I'd probably prefer the pre Super Bowl-tweaking version of the show. I might pick up Dragnet, since Dick Wolf is responsible for one of my favorite shows, Law & Order.

While I most certainly didn't get squat accomplished in the real world today, I was quite victorious on the Playstation 2 font, having completed the confusing Traverse City level I was working on in Kingdom Hearts. I also managed to get a few minutes of introductory gaming in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

This is the week for me to get my taxes done, for the simple reason I hate having them hanging over my head. I'll use H&R Block because I'm too lame to fill out the paperwork myself, and last year, they came through quite nicely for me.

I've begun watching Project Greenlight, and I've found it to be almost captivating. To see the inner working of a film project is exciting. Too bad everyone says that Stolen Summer (the final movie that was opted by Miramax), isn't all that amazing. I realize I'm late to the party by just now watching the first season, but Project Greenlight 2 is being worked on presently.

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